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Kayak record white seabass roped at Dana Point

Unofficially scaled at 80 pounds!  BY PAUL LEBOWITZ DANA POINT – Kayak angler Brian Beam of Mission Viejo is having the time of his life. On Saturday, Beam cashed in on his first legal white seabass, a fish of a lifetime...

New lake record blue catfish posted at Otay Reservoir: 105.9 pounds!

By Blake Warren CHULA VISTA — Just on the precipice of the annual bass spawn, it was a massive blue catfish making headlines early last week as a hulking 105.9-pound whiskerfish was tamed by Dr. Ryan Hulbert of La Mesa, who...

Anglers triple-team monster Rush Creek brown trout

JUNE LAKE – Following a casual dinner conversation, a group of friends took an impromptu road trip to the Eastern Sierra with a mutual understanding that fishing would be no higher than third priority. While all adventure and sight-seeing...

Southern California freshwater round-up

Diamond Valley Lake re-opened with new COVID-19 prevention policies Many more lakes across Southern California becoming available for outdoor recreation, usually with restrictions BY BLAKE WARREN and MIKE STEVENS HEMET — On May 1, Diamond Valley Lake reopened for fishing, boating, hiking...

PENN announces new Fathom saltwater baitcaster

Squall baitcaster, Squall II conventional and Battle III spinning reels also debuting for 2021 PENN is adding an all-new and, dare we say it, unexpected category of saltwater reel to its popular and effective Fathom family. The Fathom baitcaster will be...

Dear subscribers: How to access your digital edition

If all you're looking for is the link to the digital edition, you can find it HERE.   More temporary changes coming to WON due to the COVID-19 health emergency SAN CLEMENTE – Western Outdoor News has been published weekly without fail...

The scoop on San Diego County’s launch ramps (updated)

Story updated Friday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. SAN DIEGO -- We ran around San Diego County checking for open saltwater launch ramps so you wouldn't have to. Some but not all reopened on May 1, 2020, for recreational boating. Here's what...

25.54-pound rainbow caught! (updated)

UPDATE, May 25, 10:20 a.m.: As soon as #WON posted this story's lead photo on Facebook, it was hit with a barrage of criticism, with some commenters claiming the area is illegal to fish and others resenting the "spot...

Dixon Lake angler bags two double-digit bass in same outing

Swimbait devotee also tacked on a 7-plus for good measure ESCONDIDO – Two largemouth over 10 pounds in a week out of any lake would make headlines, but a a pair of trophy bass caught by the same angler in...

WON Big Fish Challenge presented by Mercury: (Final!) Grand Prize Leaderboard

Updated September 2, 2020 Yellowtail: 42.25 pounds, Christopher Diaz (Week 7) White seabass: 52.2 pounds, Zack Scott, Purist (Week 8) Halibut: 41.2 pounds, James Choi, kayak (Week 9) Tuna: 251.8 pounds, Neil Barbour, Easy Access. (Week 5) Bonito/Barracuda: 11.1 pounds (bonito), Bennett Salvay, Profishent...

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Federal announces new handgun ammunition for 2021

ANOKA, Minnesota - Federal Ammunition’s product teams are expanding handgun cartridge options in multiple product categories in 2021. Several new product line extensions in Hydra-Shok Deep, Punch, Syntech Range and more will be manufactured and delivered to dealers throughout...

Waterfowl hunting reports plus DFW duck counts for Jan. 13-17

SoCal Ducks are still largely missing in action BY JIM NIEMIEC RIVERSIDE – It has not been very ducky weather in this portion of the Pacific flyway the last couple weeks. Winds have not blown on shoot days and temps have...

Long range: Cow grounds show promise

Good sign of quality tuna on traditional winter grounds BY GUNDY GUNDERSON SAN DIEGO-- After a solid week of good fishing on quality tuna, the long range fleet was encouraged at the prospects for the coming, albeit, abbreviated, cow season. Both...